Co-founder/CEO, First Access Entertainment
Last Year’s Rank: New
THE LESSON OF LIL PEEP: Backed by Len Blavatnik, First Access had been working for a year with fast-rising 21-year-old MC Lil Peep (real name: Gustav “Gus” Åhr) when he died of an accidental drug overdose in November. “We’re all devastated, but we’re reminded that this business is about unique, talented, spirited, visionary individuals, and that really is at the forefront of my mind,” says Stennett, who grew up in Liverpool, England. “To have an artist like Peep who made such an impact — I’m so grateful that we managed to do that together before he sadly departed this world.”
THE YEAR AHEAD: Stennett is prepping for the release of new albums from A-list clients Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Zayn Malik in 2018 and developing the recording career of a new signee, actor Algee Smith, who earned his mainstream breakthrough in Kathryn Bigelow’s 2017 film, Detroit. “He’s in the studio now, recording,” she says.